Definition of Espousal

1. Noun. Archaic terms for a wedding or wedding feast.

Exact synonyms: Bridal
Generic synonyms: Marriage, Marriage Ceremony, Wedding



2. Noun. The act of becoming betrothed or engaged.
Exact synonyms: Betrothal
Generic synonyms: Rite, Ritual
Derivative terms: Betroth

3. Noun. The act of accepting with approval; favorable reception. "The proposal found wide acceptance"
Exact synonyms: Acceptance, Acceptation, Adoption
Specialized synonyms: Bosom, Embrace
Generic synonyms: Approval, Approving, Blessing
Derivative terms: Accept, Acceptant, Accept, Accept, Accept, Adopt, Espouse

Definition of Espousal

1. n. The act of espousing or betrothing; especially, in the plural, betrothal; plighting of the troths; a contract of marriage; sometimes, the marriage ceremony.

Definition of Espousal

1. Noun. A betrothal. ¹

2. Noun. A wedding ceremony. ¹

3. Noun. Adoption of a plan, cause, or idea. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Espousal

1. a marriage ceremony [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Espousal

espiegleries
espies
espinel
espinels
espionage
espionage agent
espionage network
espionages
esplanade
esplanaded
esplanades
esplees
espontoon
espontoons
espousage
espousal (current term)
espousals
espouse
espoused
espouser
espousers
espouses
espousing
espressivo
espresso
espresso breve
espresso maker
espresso shop

Literary usage of Espousal

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1. The Historic Note-book: With an Appendix of Battles by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1891)
"espousal Erse. Tho nativo Irish language. Celtic is divided into Cymric and Gaelic. ... espousal of the Adriatic (The). An annual ceremony on the feast of ..."

2. History of Merchant Shipping and Ancient Commerce by William Schaw Lindsay (1874)
"... AD 1159—Annual ceremony of espousing the Adriatic—Bucentaur state barge—Form of espousal— The progress and commercial policy of Venice—Variable ..."

3. ... Sketches from Venetian History by Edward] [Smedley (1832)
"... Citizens—Its Relief—Alexander III. al Venice—Defeat of Barbarossa's Fleet—espousal of the Adriatic—Peace of Constance —Submission of the Emperor to the ..."

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